Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"English Premier League title race still open"
Last Saturday, league leaders with 70 points, was defeated 0-1 by Manchester City, in the semi-final FA Cup.
On Monday, second spot Arsenal with 64 points suffering a huge blow to their hopes aftar a controversial 1-1 draw against Liverpool
However, Arsene Wenger has asked his Arsenal players to fight until the end in the Premier League title race.
It leaves Arsenal six points behind Manchester United with just six games to play this season and time running out to catch Sir Alex Ferguson’s league leaders.
Manchester City will meet Stoke City, with a convincing win 5-0 agaist Bolton, in next month’s FA Cup final.
Its manager Roberto Mancini believes victory in the FA Cup can be a launchpad for success in the Premier League by saying that “If we can win the FA Cup, probably next year we can play for the title”.
He believed victory in the FA Cup could be a turning point for City, the Italian warned that the club still had to win a final against Stoke if they are to end a 35-year trophy drought.
On the other hand, Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to deny Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel fifth triumph in a row.
Germany’s Vettel finished runner-up and 5.1 seconds behind the Briton, with his Australian Red Bull teammate Mark Webber taking third after starting 18th.
Vettel had won the fist two races of the season, after also finishing first in the last two of 2010.
He took his first defeat of 2011 on the chin, and was adamant that second place was no disappointment on an afternoon when a bold, two-stop strategy failed to pay off.
Vettel now has 68 points while Hamilton moved up to second overall with 42.
Red Bull have 105 to McLaren’s 85 and Ferrari’s 50.
World No.1, Rafa Nadal wrapped up a seventh title in a row defeating his fellow Spaniard, David Ferrer 6-4,7-5, in the final of Monte Carlo Masters, on Sunday.
Nadal is also only 24 and has amassed a reoord 19 Masters titles.
His dominance on clay has put him on course to win every claycourt event he enters this year (2011) just like in 2010.